Yoanna Kulas, former Miss Poland as well as a design and fashion influencer, decided with her husband to build their new home from scratch in Winnetka, Illinois. She wanted to create a space that merged the feeling of the James Perse store in Malibu with the Farmhouse Inn in Sonoma – a little rustic, a little minimalist, with a contemporary feel.
When it came to her closet, she worked with Lisa Adams of LA Closet Design, as well as architect Michael Abraham and cabinet designer Mick DeGiulio to create the perfect space. “Yoanna was moving from a house with a 1500 square-foot closet to this one, which is about a third smaller,” Lisa explained. “While the old closet was large, it didn’t function well and with this opportunity to create a new closet, while smaller, she wanted it to be much more functional and efficient.”
To do so, Lisa had to think of the best way to blend the three spaces: bedroom, closet, and bathroom. “We divided the space with glass walls and windows so that the space would feel transparent and one,” she said. “I knew that I couldn’t separate the closet space from the rest of the bedroom/bathroom in a heavy fashion, but wanted to create a glass barrier for a little bit of separation and privacy. I designed closed cabinets for Yoanna’s wardrobe and accessories that also follows the line of the sloped ceiling and transom window. ”
The beauty in this bathroom, though, is in the details. The v-groove white washed wood cabinets by DeGiulio Design had custom suede inserts, therefore warranting a twelve-week lead time. The shower is a space enclosed almost entirely with glass by Bianco Glass Company, and as well as a niche for products and an illuminated in-shower bench. To complete this luxurious space, Lisa added a freestanding bathtub by LaCava so that Yoanna could enjoy a nice soak at the end of a stressful day. “The project took six months from start to completion,” the designer said. “In the closet, everything has its place, there is breathing room between and among items. An open space is a risk, and it turned out fabulously!”